May 3, 2019 / 1:34 PM / in 3 months

Tunisia orders army to transport fuel during walkout

TUNIS, May 3 (Reuters) - Tunisia ordered the army on Friday to transport fuel to filling stations on Friday, the second day of a strike by fuel distribution workers that has caused empty pumps and long queues across the country.

The three-day walkout began on Thursday to press demands for higher wages. The government is facing rising public demands for more pay with inflation at about 7 percent. It is also contending with pressure from international lenders to cut the public wage bill and other spending to shore up state finances.

Reporting by Tarek Amara Editing by Mark Heinrich

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